Three-time Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra passed away at a hospital in New Delhi on Monday morning after a prolonged illness. He was 82 years old.

The veteran leader had been suffering from cancer and was undergoing treatment at the national capital, where he breathed his last in the morning

Jagannath Mishra, who was an economics professor, went on to become the Chief Minister of Bihar three times. He was also the last Congress CM of the state. Mishra was a Cabinet Minister at the Centre as well.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar condoled the death of the veteran leader and declared a three-day state mourning.

“Jagannath Mishra was a famous leader and educationist. He made an invaluable contribution to the politics of Bihar and India. His death is an irreparable loss in the field of politics, society, and education,” Nitish Kumar said in a statement.

Governor Phagu Chauhan also condoled the death of Mishra and recalled his contributions as a three-time chief minister and, later, as a Union minister.

The former CM will be cremated with full state honours.

Mishra was an accused in the multi-crore fodder scam case but was acquitted recently by a CBI court in Ranchi.

His brother Lalit Narayan Mishra was Railway Minister at the Centre during Indira Gandhi’s regime as Prime Minister.